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Governor Kitzhaber announces Benton County Circuit Court Vacancy

​Judge Holcomb to retire from Benton County Circuit Court 
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber announced that he is accepting applications for a judicial position on the Circuit Court for Benton County to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Janet Schoenhard Holcomb. The Governor thanked Judge Holcomb for her service to Benton County and said he will fill the position by appointment. Judge Holcomb’s retirement takes effect December 1, 2012. 
Anyone interested in filling the position must submit an Interest Form for Judicial Appointments to the Governor’s office. Because the form has been recently updated, all applicants must fill out a new judicial interest form. Interested applicants should mail or deliver the forms to:  Liani J. Reeves, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97301-4047.  Forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2012. The form may be faxed or e-mailed by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date to be considered received as long as the original signed form is postmarked by the closing date.
Governor Kitzhaber fills judicial vacancies based on merit. He encourages applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.
ORS 3.041 and 3.050 provide that at the time of appointment to the court, the candidate must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Oregon and a member of the Oregon State Bar.  ORS 3.041 requires that this vacancy must be filled by an applicant who is a resident of or have a principal office in Benton County. ORS 3.041(5) provides the required length of time for the residency requirements.
To receive answers to questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Jen Andrew (503-378-6246).  The Interest Form for Judicial Appointments is also available online at http://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/judicial.aspx

Media Contact:
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324



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